Dr. Faisal Sultan, The Health Minister’s Special Assistant, has warned that the Sinopharm vaccine is not recommended for certain segments such as over 60s and under 18s, lactating mothers, and pregnant women. [KARACHI]
Pakistani authorities have begun vaccination of front-line healthcare workers with the Sinopharm (Chinese vaccine).
Pakistani authorities began vaccinating key healthcare workers in China’s Sinopharm vaccine on Wednesday.
The Sinopharm vaccine is said to be not recommended for people with a history of serious chronic illness or hypersensitivity.
Vaccinated people are instructed to postpone vaccination in people with fever or in the acute phase of the illness. According to reports, the Sinopharm vaccine is not recommended for individuals with serious chronic conditions.
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Dr. Sultan argued that people over the age of 60 should not be vaccinated with the Sinofarm vaccine and said they would be vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which will arrive in Pakistan later this month.
Speaking at length about vaccines suitable for the elderly, a senior health official said Russia’s Sputnik vaccine and another Chinese vaccine, Canino, whose trial had recently been completed in Pakistan, could also be effective.
Some top infectious diseases experts have confirmed that the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm was not recommended for people over 60 years of age and for people under 18y due to a lack of safety and performance information for the elderly.